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Melinda Sue Greenlief

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Melinda Sue Greenlief

Age 43, of Gassaway, WV, passed away June 04, 2012.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, on January 30, 1969 a daughter of Kenneth R. Greenlief and Edith Huffman Perrine.

She worked in the home health care industry. While living in Akron, she attended Akron Baptist Temple.

Melinda is survived by her parents, two daughters; Nicole Ann Myers, Florence, Alabama and Britney Irene Williamson, Gassaway, WV. She is also survived by three brothers; Kenneth Allen Greenlief of North Carolina, Charles Edward Greenlief of Flatwoods and Russell Burton Greenlief of Strange Creek. Also surviving Melinda are five grandchildren; William, Adrana, Aaron, Bradon and Sue Ann.

Funeral services was held Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 12:00 Noon with Pastor David Fisher officiating at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burnsville.

Friends called 2 hours prior to the funeral service.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods is in charge of arrangements.

Edith F. “Dot” Sanders

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Edith F. “Dot” Sanders

Age 87, of Gassaway, WV went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 09, 2012 at Braxton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George.

She is survived by her children, Susan and Gene Case of Gassaway, Donna and Jim McQuain of Gassaway, Jimmy and Nancy Sanders of Clarksburg, Carol and Jim Criner of Gassaway and Russell and Shelly Sanders of St. Albans; grandchildren, John David and Patrick Case, David and Jerry McQuain, Bryan Sanders, Jennifer Geibel, Tim Criner and Jonathan Sanders; 10 great grandchildren and one sister, Rheta Kinner of Laurel, MD.

Dot was retired from Braxton County Memorial Hospital, a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Sutton, WV and a Rebekah.

Service was 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 12 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Jimmy Sanders officiating.

Burial was in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends called from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

George G. Gray

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George G. Gray

a lifelong resident of Sutton, WV, passed away on June 12, 2012 at Grafton City Hospital, following an extended illness with Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was born October 04, 1917 in Cowen, WV the son of the late Charles Gray and Rebecca Davis Gray.

After graduating from Cowen High School, he completed welding school, and was a welder for Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore during World War II. After the war, he and his wife Neva returned to Braxton County where they operated a small grocery store in Tesla, WV. He then entered the insurance and real estate business in Sutton, and retired as an Agent Emeritus with Prudential Insurance Company, with more than 50 years of service. He was also a member of the Sutton Lions Club and the Sutton Volunteer Fire Dept. for many years, and was a supporter of the Boy Scouts and Sutton High School athletics.

George was preceded in death by his parents, first wife and the mother of his four children, Neva M. Gibson Gray of Sutton, WV, who passed away in 1981.

He is survived by his wife Delories “Dee” Moore Gray whom he married in 1991, of Grafton, WV. He is also survived by his four children: Dr. John C. Gray of Arden, Delaware; James D. Gray of Bridgeport, WV; Linda Marie Bunner of Kutztown, PA; Mary Louise Grindo of Sutton, and 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Known by his family as “Pop”, he was also an aviation enthusiast, and private pilot, and loved jumping in his Cessna, and flying over the area taking aerial photos. In his later years he and Dee enjoyed traveling together and spending many quiet evenings on his farm, where they enjoyed feeding and caring for the deer and the other critters residing there.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM on Friday June 15, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. Doug Smailes officiating.

Interment will follow at the Gray Family Cemetery, McClain Ridge Road.

Friends may call 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday June 14, 2012 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:  Hospice Care, 7 Harman Center Suite 203 Grafton, WV 26354

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Gray Family.

Mary A. Buckley

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Mary A. Buckley

Age 92, of Parkersburg, passed away June 09, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus after a brief illness.

She was blessed with good health most of her long life.

She was born in 1919 in Gilmer County, WV.

She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother with a naturally strong work ethic. Being widowed early in her life with three children to provide for, she often worked long hours and sometimes more than one job to meet the needs of her family. She is greatly respected for her strength of character and will be missed by her family.

She is survived by two older sisters, Helen and Pauline; and one younger sister, Annalee. She is also survived by one son, Richard Schultz and wife, Wilma (Billie); one daughter, Jane Taylor and husband, Michael; her grandchildren, Greg Taylor (Kathy), Ryan Taylor (Emily), Cindy Cokeley (Jim), Jimmie Schultz, Amy Schultz, Lori Schultz, Leeandra Flinn, Charlie Wade and Donnie Wade; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Weldon Buckley; one son, Delbert (Sonny) Schultz; five brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services were 1:00 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.

Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Leavitt Funeral Home

Donald Ray Byrd

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Donald Ray Byrd

Age 75, of the Hodgesville community died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at his home.

He was born August 23, 1936, at Cox’s Mills, WV, a son of the late Asel Boyd and Hestor Mayme Ann Smarr Byrd.

On April 20, 1957 he married Barbara Bush, who survives.

Also, surviving are one son, David Ray Byrd and wife, Tina, of Hodgesville; two daughters, Phyllis Ann Bailey and fiance, Danny Coombs, and Kimberly Dawn Gifford and husband, Russell, all of Hodgesville; foster son, Charles Stimeling and wife, Melissa, of Kesling Mill; one granddaughter, Jennifer Renae Ervin and Scott of Hodgesville; one grandson, Chad Allen Gifford of Norfolk, VA, serving in the U.S. Navy on board the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman; two foster grandsons, Travis Stimeling and wife, Melanie, of Decatur, IL, and Clay Stimeling and wife, Tiffany, of High Point, NC; two stepgranddaughters, Larisa Workman and David and Megan Workman, all of Braxton County; one great-grandson, Cameron Sean Ervin of Hodgesville; one foster great-grandson, Christopher Stimeling of Decatur, IL; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Mariah Bush and Kirra Laurentus, both of Braxton County; two stepgreat-grandsons, Nathan Bush and Gabriel Workman, both of Braxton County; two brothers, James Byrd and wife, Deloris, of Cox’s Mills and Asel Byrd and wife, Betty, of Cedar Creek; one sister, Ruby Bustle of Moses Lake, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Arden and Bertis Byrd.

Mr. Byrd was a well tender and a member of Sand Run Baptist Church in Excelsior.

He retired from Consolidated Natural Gas after 36 years and 10 months. He enjoyed working on old Ford tractors and farming and loved his dog, Air Bud. Mr. Byrd also enjoyed spending time with his friends in his garage. He will be sadly missed by his family and close friends.

Friends will be received Wednesday, June 13, from 10:00 A to 1:30 P at the church.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 P at Sand Run Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Butcher officiating.

Burial will follow in Mt. Union Church Cemetery in Tallmansville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sand Run Baptist Church, Rt. 2 Box 137-B Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Ann Price (Bennett)

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Judy Ann Price (Bennett)

Age 72, passed away to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 09, 2012.

She was born on May 25, 1940, in Grantsville, WV.

Judy moved to Akron when she was 17, where she lived for the majority of her life. She was retired from AAA motor club of Akron, Ohio after 35 years. Judy was a sweet, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who touched the hearts of the many she came across.

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Price (Jack); and her oldest son, Charles E. Price Jr.

She is survived by her youngest son, Michael K. Price; grandchildren, Camille Price and Kevin Price; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Patty Bennett of Marietta.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Road, Akron, Ohio, 44312, with the Rev. Fleary Spurlock officiating.

Burial to follow in Hillside Memorial Park.

Friends may call at the funeral home from Noon Wednesday until service time.

Helen Bailey Frashuer

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Helen Bailey Frashuer

Age 95, of Jane Lew, WV, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 09, 2012, following a brief illness.

She was born January 21, 1917, in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Minter and Rella Bailey.

On January 04, 1941, she married Arnett Frashuer who preceded her in death on November 29, 1989.

She is survived by two daughters; Charlotte Barnette and Jack her husband, and Nancy Cutlip and Bill (deceased), four grandchildren; Jeff Barnette and Sandra, his wife, Robert Barnette and Cecil, his wife, Rita Barnette, and Matthew Barnette and Joanna, his wife; seven great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by four brothers; Minter Jay, William, Howard, and George; two sisters; Wilda and Mary; and two grandchildren, Erin Cutlip and Jackie Wayne Barnette II.

She was a member of McCann’s Run Methodist Church.

She was a store clerk and also worked for the board of education at Jane Lew Elementary School. She was an avid reader, loved to crochet, quilt and enjoyed watching old westerns.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman- Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Jeff Barnette officiating.

Interment will follow services in McCann’s Run Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Helen Bailey Frashuer.

Bernice M. Shields

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Bernice M. Shields

Age 95, formerly of Cairo, Glendale Community, WV, passed away June 0, 2012 at CareHaven of Pleasants.

She was born April 30, 1917, a daughter of the late Charles E. Pifer and Hattie (Pyles) Pifer.

She retired from the garment industry in Ritchie County and had worked at numerous factories. She was a member of the Glendale Women’s Club and the Glendale Grange. She was active in the 4H.

Surviving are two daughters, Beulah Webb and her husband Oscar of Shultz Community and Carolyn Lonas and her husband Bob of Washington, WV, brother, Pearly Pifer (Edna) of Pike; and sisters, Polly Wilson of Aliquippa, PA and Mildred Hart of Pike. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Kenneth Webb, Dan Lonas, Mike Lonas and Trina Barber; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Ben, Patience, Cole, Hayden and Corey; and great-great-granddaughter, Trinity Webb.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Shields; daughter, Barbara Swesey; brothers, Donald and Hershel Pifer; sister, Glenda Martin; and granddaughter, Teresa Lynn Webb, and great grandson, John Alexandar Barber.

Funeral services were Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo.

Interment followed at the Cairo Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation was on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

LouVonnia Lea Prunty

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LouVonnia Lea Prunty

Age 72 of Pennsboro, WV, passed away June 08, 2012 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 20, 1940 in Pullman, a daughter of the late Alphred McCloy and Wilma (Jones) McCloy.

Mrs. Prunty was a homemaker and previously worked for the Pennsboro and Harrisville Garment factories. She was an avid quilter and had won numerous blue ribbons and awards for her quilting.

She was a member of the Wince Chapel Church and Ladies Auxillary.

Surviving is her husband of 55 years, Francis Prunty Sr., two sons: Francis (Melanie) Prunty Jr. of Salem and Melvin (Heather) Prunty of Pennsboro, three daughters: April Lynne Prunty of West Union, Angela Christine Prunty of Pennsboro and Melinda Jane Prunty of Pennsboro, brother Alphred “Wimpy” McCloy of Pennsboro, four sisters: Edie Wright of Medina, OH, Ada Bills of Belmont, Wendy Steele of Pennsboro and Linda Kester of St. Marys.

She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: C. J. Hartman, Chadrick Hartman, Teontia Dailey, Derek Dailey, Rebekah McKinney, Kenda Godfrey, Megan Utter, Marissa Utter, Tiffany Prunty, Brandi Prunty, Nicholas Prunty and Nathan Napier, and nine great grandchildren: Alaiyah Faith James, Christian Andres Ovalle, Whitney Godfrey, Landon Godfrey, Alexzander Sellers, Gavin Hartman, Lucas Hartman, Dylan Keplinger and Kyle Keplinger.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Louanna L. Prunty, brothers Johnny and Arlie McCloy and sister Elfreda Robinson.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro.

Interment will follow at the Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery, Pullman.

Visitation was on Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Ellen Elizabeth Froehlig

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Ellen Elizabeth Froehlig

Age 93 of Sand Fork Rd. New Milton, WV departed this life on Monday, June 04, 2012 in the United Hospital Center.

She was born in Greenwich, CT. on January 08, 1918 a daughter of the late Delavan and Florence Berry Whaley.

On June 29, 1947 she married George Froehlig who preceded her in death on April 17, 2002.

Surviving is one daughter, Elizabeth Jerrett and husband Paul, New Milton, two grandchildren, Ethan Jerrett, Pittsburgh, PA, Amanda Jerrett, Alpharetta, GA, one brother, Ned Whaley, Portland, ME and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Froehlig was a graduate of Trenton State College, New Jersey where she received a BS degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary education in California and New Jersey. Ellen had a long and interesting life.

At Ellen’s request she was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Froehlig family.

Stephen G. Bell

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Stephen G. Bell

Age 62, of Niles, died Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 07, 1949, in Weston, WV, a son of Glenna Watson of Beloit and the Late Fred Bell.

He worked at Copperweld Steel. He was a veteran of the US Navy, having served during the Vietnam War.

Other than his mother, he is survived by his wife, Janice Bell, whom he married January 10, 1969; Daughters, Melissa (james) Welch of Liberty, and Lisa (Andy Kalinich) Bell of Niles; grandchildren Stephen, Rachael and Sarah Ramsey; his siblings, James (Diane) Bell of Columbiana, Don (Denise) Watson of Minerva, David Watson of Diamond, Keith Watson of Lake Milton, Robert Watson of Beloit, Fred Bell Jr. of Mecca, Darryl (Diane) Watson of San Diego, Sherri (Allen) Dorsey of Damascus, Amy (Harry Sapp) Coldsnow of Penn., Lora (Ray Myers) Harley of Warren, and Susan (Brian) Young of Berlin Center.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Bell; Step-father, Alvin Watson; brother, Larry Watson and a sister, Linda Bell.

Calling hours were held at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.

Military honors were observed.

Cremation took place following the service.

Cermit Gail Ramsey

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Cermit Gail Ramsey

Age 57, of Dille, WV passed away Friday, June 01, 2012.

He was born in Sutton, WV on June 02, 1954 a son of the late Carl B. Ramsey and Loreta June Butcher Ramsey.

Surviving Cermit are his wife Jo Ann Singleton Ramsey, one son, Randy Conrad and wife Rebecca of Flatwoods; two daughters, Erica Conrad of Canvas and Marie Ramsey of Clay, WV; two brothers, Calvin Ramsey and his wife Brenda of Jewell Ridge, VA and Carlton Ramsey of Brunswick, Ohio; two sisters, Donna Temeszara of Marietta, Ohio and Debbie Gibson of Ohio. Ten grandchildren also survive.

A private family service was held on Sunday, June 03, 2012.

Burial took place immediately after the service.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean Turner

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Betty Jean Turner

Age 75, of Ireland, WV, died May 29, 2012 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born November 22, 1936 in Lackey, KY, a daughter of the late James Franklin Meade and Alma Frazier Meade.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur C. Benson; her second husband, James Clyde Thrower; two sons; James Benson and John Benson; one brother, Bill Meade; and one sister, Mary Ellen Hamilton.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Newton Elwood Turner; one son, Michael Thomas Thrower; three daughters; Christine Benson, Mary Riffle and Roxanna Lynn Posey; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was Pentecostal by faith.

She had previously worked as a waitress and bartender at Skinner’s Grill.

Friends called from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, June 01, 2012 at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston.

Funeral services were held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 02, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Christopher Wagoner officiating.

Interment followed in Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Connie June Blake

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Connie June Blake

Age 62, of Summersville, WV formerly of Burnsville, WV passed away June 01, 2012.

She was born April 01, 1950 in Olean, New York a daughter of the late Ora and Gornett Gray Underwood.

Connie was a lifelong member of the Burnsville No. 85 Rebekahs.

Connie is survived by a son, Glenn Blake (Racheal) of Burnsville and a daughter, Suzanne Blake Ratliff (Steve) of Baltimore, Maryland. Also surviving is one brother, Roger DeLauder, Phillipi, WV and two sisters; Barbara Anderson, Follansbee, WV and Suzie Gooden, Beckley. Three grandchildren also survive her. She was preceded in death by one brother, Mr. Arley Lee Underwood, Beckley, WV.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 04, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, WV.

The family received visitors at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM on Monday.

Burial took place in K of P Cemetery, Burnsville, West Virginia.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods was in charge of arrangements.

Gerald “Jerry” Frame

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Gerald “Jerry” Frame

Age 76, of Sutton, WV, passed away Wednesday, June 06, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born on June 14, 1935 in Sutton to the late Lantie Elmore & Thelma Nuzum Frame.

Jerry was owner and operator of Gerald Frame Water Well Drilling.  He graduated Sutton High School Class of 1954, was a Army Veteran, former member of Sutton Fire Department.

He was a Methodist by Faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Robert Frame, Jack Frame, sisters; Gene Moffett.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife Myrtle Mullins Frame, sons; Jerry Frame and wife Amy of Sutton, Thomas Frame and wife Tammy of Seattle, WA, daughter; Terri Vidal and husband Leslie of Sutton, grandchildren; Macy Frame, Logan Frame, Amanda Vidal, Abigail Vidal, Andrea Vidal.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Greene- Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Robey Godfrey, Rev. Doug Smailes, Rev. Mark Hornish officiating.

Burial will follow at Frame Cemetery, Herold Road , Sutton.

Friends may call Saturday June 09, 2012 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Frame Family.

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